- Regina Willis For the AJC
Netflix's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" reboot chose Atlanta for its first season, once again affirming the city's place as a center for LGBTQ life in the South.
While the new Fab 5 are all that, take in a different kind of fabulous: the best drag in town.
Whether you want something scandalous, sexy or laugh out loud funny, pull out those dollar bills and visit the best joints in town for drag shows that are sure to delight.
Don't forget to add a delicious side of 'RuPaul's Drag Race" to your forays out on the town best viewed with plenty of friends and a cold drink in hand.
So get that cash handy, brush up on your favorite Madonna tunes, and head into town for the best drag Atlanta has to offer.
Tuesday: Drageoke with Angelica D'Paige brings a new twist to a favorite gay pastime: karaoke, made better with drag. D'Paige graces the stage to lead the evening, 10:30 p.m. at Burkhart's,1492 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta.
Wednesday: Ruby Redd's Birdcage Bingo graces The Hideaway, 1544 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m., and, as the website says, "Leave your filters at the door, girls, because it's gonna get real." All proceeds go to charity. Twisted Broadway at Lips Atlanta, 3011 Buford Hwy., Atlanta is hosted by Edie Cheezburger. Billed as "outrageous, hilarious, campy" and sure not to disappoint.
Thursday: The House of Brooks starts at 11 p.m. Thursday's at Blake's, Blake's on the Park, 227 10th St. NE, Atlanta, hosted by the one and only Shawnna Brooks and featuring a revolving cast of performers. Dinner with the Divas grace's Lips Atlanta's stage every Thursday evening, featuring the best drag Cher, Madonna, Gaga and Adele you've ever seen. Bar opens at 7 p.m.
Friday: Not to be missed on Fridays is the Femme Fatale show at Burkhart's, 1492 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. Hosted by Destiny Brooks, and featuring “an all-star lineup of flawless divas,”the shows starts at 11 p.m.
Blake's also has a fabulous "RuPaul Drag Racing" watch party at 8 p.m., hosted by Celeste Holmes as part of Celestial Fridays. Watch wanna-be drag queens and drag kings compete to win a spot performing alongside the best at Burkhart's Synergy Star Search with Monica van Pelt from 9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Saturday: Synergy is what hapens when Monica Van Pelt and Angelica D’Paige work their magic at Burkhardt’s with a little help from their friends Shawna Brooks, Nicole Paige Brooks and Evah Destruction. The fun starts at 11:00 p.m. Glitz and Glam starring Mr. Charlie Brown happens twice on Friday and Saturday nights at Lips Atlanta and the Taboo show starts at 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Check show times here.
Sunday: Start your Sunday with Dragalicious Gospel Brunch at Lips Atlanta, doors open at 12:30 p.m. Midtown Rouge — a play on Moulin Rouge — is a delightful show at 8:30 p.m. at Blake's. There is never a cover at Blake's, however you'll want to get there early to get a good spot in the crowd. At Burkhart's, Brigitte Bidet's Tossed Salad is sure to make your side hurts, so get your fill of wit and laughs starting at 10 p.m. Lips Atlanta cover charge ranges from $5 to $10. There’s also a food minimum. Check here for more details.
Check out some of the special shows you can only catch once a year, like the East Point Possums fundraiser for Lost-n-Found Youth or the Starlight Cabaret show (featuring the top drag queens and kings) every year during Pride.